Passionate Photographer, The: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great
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A passionate photographer since age 12, Steve Simon has been a lecturer around the world and his work has been featured three times at the Visa Pour L'Image Photography Festival in France. His prints are in the permanent collections of The George Eastman House, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Canadian Archives and the Comune Di Verona. International awards received include: The Art Director's Club of New York, Canada Council Grant, The Global Health Council Media Award, Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award Nomination, Canadian Photojournalist of the Year and PX3 2008. He is currently a photojournalist, School of Visual Arts faculty member and host of the popular podcast This Week in Photography.
If you’ve got a love and passion for photography, and a feel for your camera gear and settings, yet your images still fall short–The Passionate Photographer will help you close that disappointing and frustrating gap between the images you thought you took and the images you actually got.
This book will help you determine what you want to say with your photography, then translate those thoughts and feelings into strong images. It is both a source of inspiration and a practical guide, as photographer Steve Simon distills 30 years of photographic obsession into the ten crucial steps every photographer needs to take in order to become great at their passion.
Simon’s practical tips and advice are immediately actionable–designed to accelerate your progress toward becoming the photographer you know you can be. Core concepts include:
- The power of working on personal projects to fuel your passion and vision
- Shooting a large and targeted volume of work, which leads to a technical competence that lets your creativity soar
- Learning to focus your concentration as you shoot, and move outside your comfort zone, past your fears toward the next great image
- Strategies for approaching strangers to create successful portraits
- How to edit your own work and seek second opinions to identify strengths and weaknesses, offering opportunities for growth and improvement with a goal of sharing your work with the world
- The critical need to follow, see, and capture the light around you
Along the way, Simon offers inspiration with “Lessons Learned” culled from his own extensive experience and archive of photojournalism and personal projects, as well as images and stories from acclaimed photographers. If you’re ready to be inspired and challenge yourself to take your photography to the next level, The Passionate Photographer provides ideas and creative solutions to transform that passion into images that convey your unique personal vision.
52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for Photographers,
This review is from: The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)I just finished reading The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great by Steve Simon, and I'm happy to say that it's one of the best photography books I've read in years. In the Passionate Photographer, Simon presents 10 things that photographers and those that aspire to photographic greatness can do to to improve their photos including a discussion about how personal vision fuels photography projects, how to approach and photograph people, and learning how to focus (you, not the camera) as you shoot and how to manage your own workflow.
The Passionate Photographer is not a technical book on the how-to of working a camera and the author assumes a level of comfort with photographic concepts, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Examples from his own life and body of work illustrate perfectly the points he makes (and his work is very, very good), and even after 25 years of doing photography I found myself getting excited about picking up a camera.
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109 of 122 people found the following review helpful
Core Reading Material for any Serious Photographer,
This review is from: The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)As the author of the Strobist blog, books just show up in the mailbox and doorstep several times a week. To be honest, far more often than I would like -- as Strobist is generally not a book review blog. Luckily for me, one of this week's crop was an advance copy of Steve Simon's The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great.
Simon's experience in his genre (documentary photography) rivals McNally's as a lighting photographer. But what makes this book special is Simon's ability to get his tenets across to the reader with clarity as well as passion. The bullet points in the promotional copy above give you a sense of what the book contains, and I won't repeat them here. But they really do not give the book justice.
This book is very hard to describe in a single sentence. The best I can do is this: Passionate Photographer is to the fieldcraft and compass point of being a photographer as Joe McNally's books are to small-flash lighting. And that is... Read more
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
The book I've been waiting for,
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This review is from: The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)This is NOT a beginners photography book. I suppose some pros could consider it a beginner's book looking at it from the aspect that it's a great book to read if you are just starting a career in photography or nearing the completion of your studies. However, there are no in depth discussions on the effects of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. There is no discussion about what the buttons on your camera do and there is only brief discussion on traditional compositional techniques (e.g. the rule of thirds). The author assumes you know these things and you should before reading this book.
If you feel you have a good technical and creative grasp of photography but that your knowledge somehow isn't making it from your brain to your eye to your final photos, then I think you'll enjoy this book. The author breaks down ten easy to understand steps to improve your photography. These aren't just quick little tips or tricks, this is a veteran photographer who has gone through the... Read more
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